Meet Isabel Duncan – Esri Australia’s Training Coordinator. Isabel has been in the role for four months – and has already worked closely with many of our users on their training needs. To give you a little more insight into Isabel, she spent five minutes in the hot seat, answering all our questions.
Tell us about your role as the Esri Australia Training Coordinator – what are you responsible for?
Isabel Duncan: I assist in the organisation of over 250 scheduled training courses and 100 client exclusive training courses throughout the year. This involves: advising customers of the next step in their current training pathway based on their knowledge level; organising client exclusive courses for organisations; and, managing the logistics and enrolments of weekly scheduled training courses.
ArcGIS Online is helping a growing number of Australian organisations easily create and share compelling, fit-for-purpose web maps. One such organisation is Cradle Coast Natural Resources Management (NRM) – a not-for-profit group responsible for coordinating natural resource management programs in North West Tasmania.
Mark Wisniewski – Cradle Coast NRM’s Project Officer – speaks to Esri Australia’s Sally Hall about how his ArcGIS Online experience started with four simple online tutorials.
Now a year into my graduateship at Esri Australia, I cannot help but look back on what an incredible time of growth I have experienced professionally. I’ve been given the opportunity to meet and work with talented GIS specialists on fun and interesting projects using the ArcGIS platform such as the Channel 7 Election Maps, interesting story maps and many other projects. As a current student, I am sure you’re looking towards next year and wondering where your GIS degree is going to take you.
Attending the Esri User Conference (Esri UC) as an Esri Australia Young Scholar, will certainly help you get your career into high gear! Can you ever remember meeting with thousands of GIS employers at once? No? Me either. At the Esri UC you will not only be given the opportunity to present your work at the world’s largest spatial conference but meet Esri President and Founder, Jack Dangermond. This is sure to bring a highlight to any career and a boost to your job search!
As a recent graduate I can attest to the competitive nature of jobs in the GIS industry – with several hundred applying for the inaugural graduate program here at Esri Australia. I have recently heard several GIS industry experts discuss this challenge at the SSSI Young Professionals workshop, where marketing ‘Brand YOU’ was seen as vital to landing your dream job. While sitting an Esri technical certification exam can be a useful point of difference on your job application, I want to share an exciting opportunity that will truly make you a standout candidate. The Esri Young Scholars Award is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase your research to the largest GIS gathering in the world – the Esri International User Conference (Esri UC).
The Esri UC takes place between the 14th – 18th of July in San Diego this year and brings together more than 15,000 geospatial experts from around the world to learn about real-world applications of GIS, showcase the latest advancements in the ArcGIS Platform and share ideas among like-minded individuals. Esri founder Jack Dangermond will be on hand to meet the Australian university recipient of the Esri Young Scholars Award, an opportunity that last year’s recipient Rodolfo Espada said was, “a truly unique experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity”.
Esri Australia’s ‘Tour de Force’ – Directions 2014 – is hitting the road again this March/April and is coming to city near you! This year, the focus of the conference is to help you ‘sharpen your GIS skills’.
Through a range of presentations by technical specialists, Directions 2014 will show you how to get more out of your Esri software investment, and give you practical tips on how to streamline your GIS workflows.
With a new year now well and truly upon us you may have recently found yourself setting some recently for the year ahead. It’s crazy to think that it’s been a year since we all started as graduates here at Esri Australia. With this in mind, we want to share one of the most rewarding opportunities we’ve had over the past 12 months and by doing so we hope to convince you to add Esri technical certification to your GIS goals in 2014.
Whether you’re an experienced GIS analyst in an organisation dependent on Esri technology and looking to make a strategic investment at work, or you’re new to the GIS environment and you want to improve your prospects by establishing a point of difference, an Esri technical certification can benefit both you and your employer.
Whether it’s a sporting event, a natural disaster or a key political debate – information streaming to us from live news broadcasts is always the most compelling. On-the-ground analysis from reporters gives us insights and context to the images captured by the camera crew, while an in-studio panel of journalists often use this information to predict how the event might unfold and what critical decisions could influence further outcomes.
In much the same way, live broadcasting the performance of your organisation’s assets and data and effectively managing events that impact your operations is the foundation of the work between OSIsoft and Esri.
OSIsoft is a company that specialises in the management of real-time data and events for operational, manufacturing and business data – enabling users to make decisions in real-time.
As the National Training Manager, I’m often asked by clients if it’s worth signing up to Esri Australia’s maintenance program. While access to new software updates and GIS technical support are big drawcards, maintenance also offers excellent benefits when it comes to training:
Discounted training services
If you’re part of the maintenance program, you’re automatically entitled to a 10 per cent discount on Esri Australia’s training services. So whether you want to attend one of our regular courses or customise a special training offering for your organisation – you can always access this special rate. Best of all, there’s no usage limit, so the savings can really add up throughout the year.
The next ArcGIS Online update is scheduled for release in mid-December. In this blog, we give you an early run-down of the new features, enhancements and changes being rolled out: Map Viewer New functionality for creating and viewing web maps will include:
- Copy and saving layers to enable you to configure different properties on the copied layer such as pop-up windows and symbols, and save the layer as a new item. You will also be able to save layers you import to your map such as CSV files and map notes.
- Administrators will be able to configure the default map units for the scalebar, and measure tool, directions, and analysis. Your ArcGIS Online members will be able to set the units they see through their profile page.
- New options for changing symbology will include point rotation, normalisation, point over polygons, and line size.
- Time-enabled layers will include an option to disable and enable the time animation.
As part of an ongoing graduate program development pathway I was privileged to recently attend the ArcGIS for Server: Sharing GIS Content on the Web training course offered by Esri Australia. While I’m now comfortable in the ArcGIS Desktop environment after a few months, the thought of attending an ArcGIS Server course was a daunting prospect. Like many Esri users in Australia I have become familiar with the latest functionality of ArcGIS Desktop at version 10.2, as well as publishing hosted services to the cloud based solution known as ArcGIS Online – but what about the ArcGIS platform more broadly? ArcGIS for Server: Sharing GIS Content on the Web builds on foundation knowledge from ArcGIS Desktop and new found workflows used to publish content to ArcGIS Online, utilising server infrastructure within your organisation. Continue reading